Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda
East African countries have abundant bamboo resources, but the plant’s full potential for poverty alleviation, job creation and environmental protection has not been fully realised. Running from 2020 to 2023, Phase II of the Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme is working to transfer knowledge, technologies and policy experiences from Europe and Asia to help develop the bamboo sector in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, to make it organised, efficient, vibrant and visible. The Dutch-Sino-East Africa Programme builds on the first phase of the project, which ran from 2016 to 2019.
The specific objectives of the programme are to:
The Programme is expected to provide direct benefits to some 28,500 people, as well as restoring 5000 hectares of degraded land with bamboo and enhancing sustainable management practices for 5000 hectares of bamboo plantations and farms. The target groups are smallholder farmers, women, youth, small-to-medium enterprises and larger industries.
In 2020, the programme made a number of important contributions to bamboo sector development:
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In a recent Bamboo Study Tour and Policy Dialogue in Ethiopia, delegates of INBAR African Member States discovered the potential and growth of the country bamboo sector. In Africa, Ethiopia is regarded as a country with an advanced bamboo sector considering the current level of investment in manufacturing industries and policy focus on bamboo development. […]
INBAR is providing supporting bamboo SMEs and entrepreneurs in Ethiopia and Uganda through capacity building in Business Development Services. Recently, INBAR through its Dutch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Programme Phase II conducted a capacity building training on Business Development Services (BDS) to bamboo small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs working on the bamboo cottage […]
INBAR is supporting a Community of Practice on bamboo nurseries in Kenya. In August 2021, a Community of Practice (CoP) for bamboo nurseries development has been formed in Kenya with major players from government agencies, the private sector, research institutions, Kenyan bamboo association, community members, and INBAR. The main goal of this CoP is to bring together […]
INBAR East Africa Regional Office (EARO) held a consultation workshop to establish a Public-Private Partnership for improved bamboo processing in Ethiopia. INBAR has recently held a consultation workshop with government actors and the private sector to establish a Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) business model for bamboo processing in Ethiopia. The consultation workshop discussed approaches that can […]
A study has been conducted in Ethiopia to identify bamboo species in the country. A bamboo site-species matching study has recently been conducted to easily identify bamboo species available in Ethiopia. This study aims to generate information, descriptions and preferred uses of the species available in the country. It directly benefits bamboo growers for ease […]
INBAR East Africa Regional Office (EARO) celebrated this year’s World Environment Day in Ethiopia and Kenya. World Environment Day has always been a good day to inspire individuals and organisations locally and internationally to prioritise climate change issues and strive to achieve sustainable development goals. INBAR EARO organised activities to celebrate World Environment Day in Ethiopia and Kenya to promote the […]
The last training session in Uganda is promoting home-based bamboo charcoal production to create new livelihood opportunities. INBAR innovative household charcoal production aims to turn ‘bamboo firewood’ cooking into a new livelihood opportunity and a sustainable value chain for the economic empowerment of poor rural women in Uganda. Throughout its NGO, Community, and Professional Partnership […]
INBAR recent training sessions in Kenya focused on bamboo restoration and sustainable management, value chain development, and clean energy. INBAR has conducted three training sessions in Kenya. The sessions have benefited more than 150 participants from youth groups, local communities, government departments and the private sector. These sessions were: Training on technology transfer for value chain development The training session conducted on 15 to 19 March 2021 and in collaboration with the Kenyan Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) focused on imparting skills on […]
INBAR conducted in Uganda a capacity-building initiative to enhance the technical skills in bamboo treatment and furniture making. INBAR has conducted a capacity-building initiative on bamboo treatment and craft and furniture making to enhance the bamboo economic activities of Ugandan farmers and furniture and crafts makers. In the training participated 30 local carpenters who reside […]
INBAR’s project has been supporting three East African countries on improved bamboo economic activities through different capacity building initiatives INBAR has been conducting several bamboo capacity building training in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda, the three focus countries of the Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme: Phase II. In Ethiopia, a bamboo weaving and basket production training […]